We’re the Fayetteville Disease Ecology lab based at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas. Nestled amongst the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, we’re conducting infectious disease research with wildlife locally and throughout the world.
Our aim is to understand interactions between pathogens and parasites and their wildlife hosts. We work a lot with rodents and bats, but we're always on the lookout for new and interesting host-pathogen systems. Zoonotic viruses - those transmitted from animals to people - are a particular focus, as are the impacts of anthropogenic environmental modifications, such as land-use changes and food provisioning, on wildlife disease processes.
Our research is highly multidisciplinary, including field, laboratory and statistical methods, and ranging from virus hunting in remote locations, to within-host infection dynamics such as immunity and co-infections, pathogen transmission at population and landscape scales, and the effects of infections on wildlife host fitness. We work with an amazing network of collaborators from across the globe.
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